Habitat: There are two species of cherries found in Colorado. The Pin Cherry is generally found east of the continental divide while the Choke Cherry is found to the West. A close relative the Choke Cherry typically growing on the western slope of Colorado.
The fruits are the only part that is edible. All other parts are of the cherry tree are poisonous. The leaves, wood and seeds all contain hydrocyanic acid. They are not near as sweet as the domestic cherries. They can be very sour.